Thank You, New Mexico!

I am back in Lawrence after a trip to the Southwest, where I spoke at the Holloman Air Force Base Industry Day in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  My morning session addressed communicating with contracting officers, and my afternoon session covered teaming and joint venturing on set-aside contracts.  During lunch, I also gave a brief update on recent government contracting legal developments.

A big “thank you” to the New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Program and New Mexico Small Business Development Center for inviting me to be a part of this great event.  And thank you to all of the contractors (small and large) and industry professionals who attended my sessions, asked excellent questions, and shared their own experiences.

It has been a busy year of travel and I am not quite done yet.  Next month, I will be in Atlanta for the National Veterans Small Business Engagement.  I hope to see you there.

GAO Bid Protests: Gold Coast Presentation Now Available

GAO bid protests were the focus of my presentation at this year’s Navy Gold Coast conference in San Diego.  If you weren’t able to make it to Gold Coast in August, I have good news: the conference organizers have made all of this year’s presentations available online, free of charge.

My GAO bid protest presentation covers the GAO’s jurisdiction, who can file a protest, the timeliness rules, how the protest process works, protest outcomes, success rates, and more.  To view my Gold Coast presentation on GAO bid protests, just follow this link.  And don’t forget to check out the other great presentations from this year’s Gold Coast conference, too.

GovConChat: The CVE, WOSB Sole Sources, GSA Schedule, & More

My friend Guy Timberlake of the American Small Business Coalition has launched GovConChat, which Guy described as a “candid and informative conversation with movers, shakers and thought-leaders from around the federal contracting community.”

Earlier this week, I joined Guy for a GovConChat segment.  We discussed several major changes that could be implemented as a result of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, as well as a recent court case holding that an offeror did not qualify for a GSA Schedule task order when the offeror’s affiliate (but not the offeror itself) held a GSA Schedule contract.  You can listed to our entire chat by following this link.

GovConChat is a great new resource to help contractors obtain perspectives from across the industry.  Go check it out, and let me know if there is a particular blog post–or other government contracts legal issue–that you would like to hear me discuss in a future segment.

Thank You, HUBZones!

I am back in Lawrence after a trip to the Washington area, where I spoke at the National HUBZone Conference.  My conference presentation focused on the special rules for joint venturing and teaming on HUBZone set-aside contracts.

Thank you to Mark Crowley and the HUBZone Council for inviting me to be a part of this year’s National HUBZone Conference.  Thank you also to the clients, old friends, and new connections who made the conference especially worthwhile.  And thank you, too, to all those who attended my seminar and asked so many great questions.

After speaking at four government contracts conferences since August, I am beginning to feel a bit like a road warrior.  My next conference travels will take me to Wichita, Philadelphia, and New Mexico.  If we haven’t connected at an event yet this year, I hope to see you there.

Thank You, Indian Country!

I am back in Kansas after spending two days at the Indian Country Business Summit in Norman, Oklahoma.  On the first day of the summit, I gave a luncheon keynote on legal updates in government contracting.  The second day, I gave a breakout session on prime/subcontractor teaming agreements.

My thanks to Carter Merkle, Dan Little Axe, and their colleagues for hosting this the summit and inviting me to speak.  A big thank you, as well, to all of the conference attendees for making the ICBS such a great event.

After a few weeks at home, I will be traveling to the Washington DC area for the HUBZone National Conference.  If you are a HUBZone firm, I hope to see you there.

Thank You, San Diego!

I am back in Lawrence after a trip to beautiful San Diego, where I spent three great days.

On Tuesday, I was part of the 2014 Navy Gold Coast conference, where I gave a presentation on GAO bid protests.  A big “thank you” to the Gold Coast organizers for inviting me to participate in one of the country’s premier events for small government contractors, and to the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center for helping coordinate my presentation.  Thank you, too, to all of the attendees for their courtesy and great questions.

On Thursday, I spent the morning at the offices of the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center, where I gave a seminar on joint venturing and teaming.  My thanks to Rachel Fischer, Luz Velasco, and the rest of the SDCOC for inviting me to speak and for hosting the event.  And of course, thank you to the attendees for being such a great audience.

If we didn’t connect in San Diego, there will be more opportunities on the horizon: I will be speaking at industry events in Oklahoma, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico in the coming months.

SmallGovCon Welcomes Amanda Wilwert

When I began SmallGovCon a little more than two years ago, I regularly blogged four to five times per week.  My friend Guy Timberlake told me “you’ll never keep up that pace.”

Guy was right.  These days, I am lucky if I have time to post more than twice a week.  More and more often, I’ve read a GAO decision, SBA OHA case, or new regulation that I wanted to blog about, but didn’t have the time.  So in the interest of ensuring that SmallGovCon stays true to its initial mission to frequently report on legal developments of note to small government contractors, I am very pleased to announce that Amanda Wilwert is joining me as a SmallGovCon co-author.

Amanda is an associate at Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird.  Like me, Amanda’s legal practice focuses on federal government contracts law.  Between us, we will begin covering more decisions, regulations, and other legal developments, and even add some new features to the blog.  So whether you’re a longtime reader or a more recent visitor, please join me in welcoming Amanda to SmallGovCon.